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CHURCH ABUSE-MINNESOTA

Judge: Jury should decide priest abuse lawsuit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota judge says a man who says he was sexually abused by a priest around 1976 deserves his day in court.

The plaintiff, identified as Doe 1, says he was a 14-year-old altar boy at St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul Park when Thomas Adamson molested him.

Lawyers from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona asked Judge John Van de North to dismiss the lawsuit. They argued Monday there weren't sufficient legal grounds to go to trial.

But the judge says there are enough questions that a jury should decide the case.

Plaintiff's attorney Jeff Anderson has used the case to force church officials to give depositions and produce lists of accused priests.

The case is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 22.

FLOODING-DISASTER DECLARATION

Obama declares disaster in flooded Minn. counties

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - President Obama has declared a disaster in eight Minnesota counties damaged by flooding, unleashing federal funds to help repair millions in damages.

June and July storms hit more than 50 of the state's 87 counties, costing Minnesota an estimated $55 million for flood response and repairs. On Monday, the White House announced it will provide federal disaster funds for Chippewa, Freeborn, Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Renville, and Rock counties.

Gov. Mark Dayton says he hopes damage assessments for the remaining waterlogged counties are completed by the end of the week to request more federal funding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency reimburses up to 75 percent of repair costs. Dayton says he's not sure whether he'll call a special legislative session to approve any additional state money.

FLOODING-DISASTER DECLARATION

Obama declares disaster in flooded Minn. counties

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - President Obama has declared a disaster in eight Minnesota counties damaged by flooding, unleashing federal funds to help repair millions in damages.

June and July storms hit more than 50 of the state's 87 counties, costing Minnesota an estimated $55 million for flood response and repairs. On Monday, the White House announced it will provide federal disaster funds for Chippewa, Freeborn, Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Renville, and Rock counties.

Gov. Mark Dayton says he hopes damage assessments for the remaining waterlogged counties are completed by the end of the week to request more federal funding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency reimburses up to 75 percent of repair costs. Dayton says he's not sure whether he'll call a special legislative session to approve any additional state money.

FREEZER BODY

Minnesota woman pleads guilty in freezer body case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Shorewood woman charged with killing her boyfriend and stuffing his body in a freezer has pleaded guilty during her trial.

The Hennepin County Attorney's office says 30-year-old Jetaun Wheeler agreed to plead guilty Monday to second-degree unintentional murder.

Wheeler was on trial for second-degree intentional murder in the death of 58-year-old Eddie Sole.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 21. Prosecutors will seek a 15-year prison sentence, the maximum allowed under Minnesota sentencing guidelines.

Wheeler was accused of beating Sole with a closet rod, wrapping him in plastic and duct tape, then hiding him in a freezer in the garage because he was trying to break up with her.

Police believe he may have been frozen for weeks before the discovery last August at the suburban home the two shared.

CROP REPORT-MINNESOTA

No rain lets Minnesota farmers get field work done

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota farmers were able to get a lot of field work done last week, thanks to the lack of rain.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there were 6.2 days suitable for field work in Minnesota for the week ending Sunday. That marks the most days suitable for any week so far this season.

Dry conditions allowed farmers to make good progress on the second cutting of alfalfa hay. But overall crop development continues to lag behind normal.

The corn crop is 23 percent silking, far behind the five-year average of 43 percent. Sixty-four percent of corn was rated in good to excellent condition.

Forty-seven percent of the soybean crop was blooming, up 20 percentage points from last week but behind the average of 55 percent.

RAINBOW-TWIN CITIES STORES

9 Twin Cities Rainbow stores to close

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Nine Twin Cities Rainbow supermarkets will close Tuesday as owner Roundy's exits the market.

The nine stores are left over from a deal announced in May, when a group of buyers purchased 18 other Rainbow locations and turned most of them into Cub Foods or Byerly's stores.

Nine Rainbow stores were not part of that deal, and efforts to sell them to other grocers didn't keep them from closing down.

Rainbow supermarkets will close in Cottage Grove, Shoreview, Inver Grove Heights, Apple Valley, Blaine, Bloomington, Coon Rapids, Maple Grove and Savage.

An official at Milwaukee-based Roundy's confirmed to the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1wRUZHn ) the stores will be closing.

Meanwhile, Rainbow stores that were part of the deal have been handed over to their new owners.

MINNESOTA-NELSON ASSAULT

Judge likely to release CT results in Kolstad case

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - A judge likely will allow the attorney for former Minnesota Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson to have access to brain scans of the former football player Nelson is accused of assaulting.

A motion hearing was held Monday for Nelson. The 20-year-old is charged with first-degree assault after a confrontation with former Minnesota State, Mankato, football player Isaac Kolstad in downtown Mankato May 11. Nelson is accused of kicking Kolstad after Kolstad was punched during an altercation.

Nelson's attorney, Jim Fleming, wants 11 CT scans that were taken at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato between May 11 and May 20. Fleming says he needs the medical records to prepare Nelson's defense.

The Free Press (http://bit.ly/1o1lAkF ) reports the prosecutor was not opposed to the motion, but wanted more time to review it.

GOVERNOR CANDIDATE-SURGERY

Surgery lands GOP candidate Johnson in hospital

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Republican candidate for Minnesota governor is recovering after emergency surgery to repair a small perforation in his stomach.

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson was resting after a successful procedure on Monday afternoon at Maple Grove Hospital. Johnson checked himself into the hospital earlier Monday.

Scot Crockett, his campaign manager, says Johnson will remain hospitalized "for a short period of time." Crockett could not elaborate on how long Johnson's recovery will last.

Johnson's surgery comes just three weeks before an Aug. 12 primary to select the Republican candidate who will challenge Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in November. Johnson has the GOP endorsement. State Rep. and former House Speaker Kurt Zellers, former House Minority Leader Marty Seifert and Orono businessman Scott Honour also are running in the primary.

FIRE-GAS EXPLOSIONS

Accelerants fuel duplex fire, 2 rescued

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Two brothers were rescued from the upper floor of a St. Paul duplex in a fire that was fueled by cylinders of gas, oxygen and other accelerants.

Authorities say the two were taken to Regions Hospital where one man is in critical condition and the other in serious condition.

Fire officials tell the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1o0Wfr6 ) that back of the duplex and a nearby garage were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived early Monday. Flammables in the garage set off small explosions as the fire burned. Firefighters found an exploded gas cylinder across the street from the duplex.

Three people who lived downstairs weren't home when the fire broke out.

OBIT-MAY

Man who guided UND to 1st hockey title dies at 87

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The coach who guided the University of North Dakota to its first NCAA hockey championship has died.

Dr. Robert May was 87.

May coached the program in the 1957-58 and 1958-59 seasons and led UND into the NCAA title game both years. UND defeated Michigan State 4-3 in the 1959 championship.

May's record with UND was 45-17-2.

A former defenseman for UND, May played in 47 games and served as team captain in 1950-51. He received his bachelor's degree from UND in 1951.

May later became a dentist in Minnesota and served a stint as team dentist for the Minnesota North Stars. His hockey coaching career included stops with the Minneapolis Roosevelt boys and the Wayzata, Minnesota, girls.

May is a member of the UND Letterwinners Association Hall of Fame.

HOMELESS SIGN-BUYER

Texas man travels country to buy homeless signs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Texas artist is traveling across the country purchasing signs from homeless people.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (http://bit.ly/1mwBUEQ ) Willie Baronet of Dallas stopped in the Twin Cities Tuesday as part of his monthlong cross-country trip through 24 U.S. cities. He paid $10 to $20 each for cardboard signs made by local homeless people.

The artist hopes to raise awareness of homelessness by producing a documentary film and a book, as well as featuring the signs in future art installations and exhibits.

Baronet has been purchasing signs for 21 years and estimates his collection to be around 700 signs. He said he bought his first sign in response to the guilt he felt when seeing a person asking for money on the street.

HEAT WAVE-MINNESOTA

Precautions urged for excessive heat, humidity

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Health officials are urging Minnesotans to take precautions in dealing with high temperatures and humidity.

The National Weather Service says the humidity will make temperatures feel like 100 to 110 degrees Monday across much of Minnesota. The weather service issued an excessive heat warning for Anoka, Washington, Dakota, Ramsey, Hennepin, Scott and Carver counties.

The heat index may also top 100 degrees in Brainerd, Alexandria, St. Cloud, Moorhead, Willmar, Redwood Falls, Marshall, Mankato and Windom.

Health officials urge residents to check on neighbors who may be vulnerable to the heat.

Forecasters say there's a risk of severe thunderstorms across most of the state beginning Monday afternoon.

MOTORCYCLE CRASH-DOCTOR KILLED

Patients among those mourning doctor's death

MONTICELLO, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say the man who died when his motorcycle collided with a golf cart in Wright County was a doctor from Monticello.

Dr. Eric Lefebvre is credited with delivering hundreds of babies during his nearly two decades of practice. Lefebvre was driving his motorcycle on Highway 2 along Lake Francis Saturday when he collided with the golf cart driven by a 39-year-old Chaska man. Wright County authorities are investigating the crash.

Douglas Hanson is CEO of the clinics where Lefebvre practiced. He tells KARE-TV (http://bit.ly/1n4mRHq ) Lefebvre was a very caring, steady and sincere and was popular with his patients.

Lefebvre was a husband and father of four.

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